Andrew Wing, president of a company based in Kennesaw, was convicted of child molestation in Cobb County. Wing was sentenced by a judge earlier today to ten years in prison followed by twenty years of probation.
Wing was found guilty of molesting two girls in his family. The two girls were reportedly 8 and 10 years old at the time of the abuse. It has not been released as to how he was related to the two. Katie Gropper, Assistant DA, stated, “This trial demonstrated the ugly truth about sexual abuse: Most often children are abused by someone they love who exploits their position of trust in a child's life.”
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the legal definition of child molestation in the state of Georgia in today's post.
Child Molestation in Georgia
Child Molestation in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4:
A person commits the offense of child molestation when the person either:
- Does any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person; or
- By means of an electronic device, transmits images of a person engaging in, inducing, or otherwise participating in any immoral or indecent act to a child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person
Chid molestation is classified as a felony in Georgia. As I've discussed in many of my posts, felony punishments in Georgia are not to be taken lightly. If convicted of child molestation, the penalty can include up to twenty years in prison. Moreover, a sentence includes counseling by the Department of Corrections.
Most sex crimes in Georgia require that convicted individuals also register as sex offenders with the official registry in the state of Georgia.
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